… MP calls for govt intervention
A total of 15 schools, several houses, roads and a quarry construction site, as well as a fuel filling station, in Binduri and its adjoining communities, have been badly damaged as a result of a rainstorm that hit the district in the Upper East Region last week.
Domestic items, such as refrigerators, cooking utensils, learning and teaching materials, clothing, foodstuff and other personal belongings were destroyed by the rain.
The worst affected structures included Nayoko Senior High School, Yarigungu primary, Gotesaliga primary, St. Thomas primary, Kpalugu Junior High School, Atuba primary, Tansia Junior High School, St. Peter primary and Boko primary schools.
The District Coordinator of National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Louis Laal-Bador Forminga Seidu, in a statement, after an assessment mission, described the situation as devastating and said the necessary arrangement is needed to ensure that school children attend classes as school reopened Tuesday, this week.
The statement further said, on April 25, the district was hit by another severe wind/rain storm, where some schools and houses had their roofs rift off, trees uprooted blocking access roads to some communities, electricity cable destroyed leaving parts of the district without power supply for days and several persons displaced.
Again, the district was on 29th April, hit by another rain storm, where the camp site of a construction company, Queizao Galvao, working on the Bolga-Pulmakom road, had its workshop, fuel depot and fence-wall destroyed by the storm.
The rain, which started at about 7:30pm on that day and lasted for two hours, NADMO said, also left in its wake massive destruction of property and thousands of Ghana cedi
However, in an interview with The Republic, the Member of Parliament for Binduri, Dr. Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem, said most of the affected schools are damaged beyond simple re-roofing and that there was the need for the central government and philanthropists to intervene.
He noted that, some of the schools have their buildings destroyed and any alternative could be complete new structures, stressing that the government need to intervene with temporary structures to the enable school children to return to classes, while efforts were being made by the District Assembly to build new ones.
While commending some residents and neighbours who have offered shelter to the victims, Dr. Kuganab-Lem also appealed to the government for a timely release of the MPs Common Fund to help provide some assistance to the affected persons, especially the school children.
He, however, advised residents to avoid cutting down trees, especially around their houses and schools, to serve as a windbreak, as well as help minimize the impact of rainstorms.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com / Felix Engsalige Nyaaba